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Forrest county whistleblower settles for $250,000

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) -

The whistleblower who supplied the video tape showing alleged abuse of juveniles in the Forrest County detention center has settled out of court in her federal lawsuit against Forrest county.

Tawana Bolton, filed suit against the county claiming she was wrongfully terminated from her job at the juvenile detention center because she reported alleged abuse at the center, including providing WDAM TV with surveillance video. 

At the time, Forrest County Sheriff, Billy McGee said she was fired for forging a signature on a medical excuse.  According to federal documents, Bolton has agreed to settle with the county's insurance carrier for $250 thousand. 

Sheriff's department attorney Jim Dukes Jr. says the county still admits no liability and contends she was terminated for forging medical excuses, and insubordination when confronted about the excuses.  According to Dukes, Sheriff McGee was against the settlement, but the county's insurance carrier controlled the settlement.   

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